In this pic, behind Christian is a mechanical arm he made. It picks up cars and throws them. The other photos shows Christina's sculpture. Her work often contains fire elements and apparatus for things like silks performance. Their latest creation though is their son Kodiak.
I gave Christian a copy of the Good Life Lab on Sunday and he already emailed me with great feedback in spite of his being on page 40. He read excerpts to his crew at Maker Faire. Apparently I received an applause. I learned a lot about how the book is being received while at the Maker Faire. From what I can tell people are starved for meaning which the book provides in abundance. One part of touring I already like is that I get to meet up with old friends while on the road.
And just a shoe's throw away from the Swap-O-Rama-Rama tent another magical being named Sebastian, fairground staff, sat uncomplainingly in the sun working the gate nearest to the swap tent. He was our security. Of course since we were at the Maker Faire I was not surprised to discover that he's into book binding and a great many domestic DIY hobbies. Realizing no one had gifted him all weekend I gave him a copy of my book for which he immediately named the type of stitch of the bind and then while flipping through the pages went on to say things like, "oh yeah, I've done that fermentation. Did you ever try . . . .?"
CeCe's clothes are moded out to hold every possible tool for the repair of a sewing machine, serger and likely other textile tools. Her pockets and hooks hold seam rippers, unusual brushes, scissors, screws and all variety of measuring tapes, even a spare pair of extra eye glasses. A round patch partially sewn and placed between her shoulders in the upper center of her back holds a large metal scissor that she can reach for and reveal as one might expect a knight of the roundtable to produce a sword.
She also carries tips for every possible way to teach grown ups and kids of all ages to love to sew.
I was thrilled to meet her. Even more thrilled to know she is part of the Swap-O-Rama-Rama team. Catch her if you can. I imagine that she is somewhere where that textiles are being created or modified.
There is a reason that its is a Swap-O-Rama-Rama policy that there be no mirrors at the events. Their absence encourages everyone to turn to the nearest stranger and ask, "How do I look?"
The best way to make a somethin' is to have a little help. This year's Swap-O-Rama-Rama at San Mateo creative help was abundant and everywhere. Homeygrown's crew of silk screeners covered new to us duds in fresh designs. To name a few, Seamstress Erin lured people into a denim wonder-world, Mandy came all the way from the UK to share knowledge about how to make T-shirt yarn and crochet, and Sonia Phillips helped people to make simple A shaped dresses. One thing that everyone made was friends.
It is wonderful to be blown away by something I began but have hardly been responsible for. Today Swap-O-Rama-Rama is kept alive on the sweat, talent and inspiration of many people. Some I am fortunate enough to meet. This past weekend at the San Mateo Maker Faire I met my new favorite superhero Erin Scholl who produced was was easily one of the best swaps I'd ever been to. Besides flawlessly putting in place the formulaic components which are no easy thing to make happen: clothes for swapping, a silk screen area, workshops, a sewing area, staff of about 100 people and a fashion show, this year she added a boutique that sold the goods of our creative staff and the Textile Talk Lounge, a stage MC'd by the fabulously dramatic Jennifer Alexander (long time San Luis Obispo SORR organizer) for presentations and talks.
Though The Good Life Lab is not out until June 5th, we have pre-release copies here at the faire so if your at Maker Faire come see us!
Today (Sunday) I will present the book at the Homegrown Village Stage at 11:30. I also do a presentation about Swap-O-Rama-Rama at the swap's Textile Talk Stage at 3:20. Then after a short break we're off to the Vancouver and Seattle Maker Faires.
A Boing Boing Sandwich @ Swap-O-Rama-Rama Tent @ Maker Faire, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
Mikey and I are at the San Mateo Maker Faire where we've run into many old friends like Dale Dougherty, Maker Faire and Make Mag founder who wrote a foreword to my book the Good Life Lab, and Harley from Burning Man's Black Rock Arts. We're happy to back and feeling strangely like we're home.
(Image: Me, Xeni, and Mark at the Swap-O-Rama-Rama tent at Maker Faire)
Last year our neighbor dug a giant hole in his yard and covered it with clear plastic. His theory was that the high water table combined with local hot springs would keep plants warm and wet year round. He was right. Look at what a single tomato plant turned into after a year of growing in his subterranean greenhouse.
Last February we installed a fancy (for us) Kohler faucet. Yesterday, I had to replace it. We were disappointed that this item failed so quickly. As we were researching the issue we found that this faucet had dozens of reviews on Amazon about leaking within the first two years of service. It took about 3 hours of Kohler phone support to get them to honor their lifetime guarantee. It took another 3 hours of to remove and replace the faucet. It killed our day.